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Asia-Pacific calls for decisive measures to promote women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work

02 March 2017

The Asia-Pacific policy dialogue on “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”, held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 23–24 February, concluded by recommending decisive measures to remove the barriers to women’s economic empowerment. The recommendations will inform the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in New York in March 2017. More

Wartime sexual violence survivors lead businesses and fight stigma

05 December 2016

A UN Women project helps female survivors of sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina transform their lives and families by boosting their economic opportunities and teaching them how to set up a business and grow their markets. More

A snapshot of our work in response to the cyclone in Fiji

28 April 2016

The strongest cyclone ever to make landfall in the Southern Hemisphere, Cyclone Winston ravaged Fiji on 20 February 2016, destroying crops and critical infrastructure and flattening villages. In its wake, UN Women has been providing funds and technical support to local women and organizations as they work to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, help them access essential information about relief and protection services, and rebuild the marketplaces that provided women and their families with a secure food supply. More

Women's economic empowerment critical for safeguarding food security

21 March 2016

The loss of crops in floods caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston has undermined the livelihood of the family who grows it, but also that of market vendors and countless customers who relied on this produce each day. More

Temporary market space in Rakiraki supports vendors post Cyclone Winston

16 March 2016

As part of its Markets for Change project, UN Women provided tents, extra tables and chairs to provide a temporary market space for as many vendors as possible while the new market building is constructed. More

From where I stand: Anisa Marama

09 March 2016

Anisa Marama is a 79-year-old market vendor in Fiji’s capital, Suva, and has been taking part in workshops on financial literacy and workplace organizations as part of UN Women’s Markets for Change project. More

Fiji’s market vendors and farmers face an uncertain future

29 February 2016

UN Women staff visited some of the worst-affected areas in Fiji in the days after Category 5 Cyclone Winston hit to talk to market vendors and farmers. More

Women of Fiji look for support to rebuild their livelihoods

26 February 2016

Thousands of women in Fiji rely on income gleaned from selling produce or handicrafts at local markets to pay for their children’s education and day-to-day living expenses. Tropical Cyclone Winston's destruction of crops and market buildings not only takes away their source of income, it threatens the food security of entire communities, as well as having wider implications for their families’ health, nutrition and education. More

From the Alps to the yurt: Swiss cheese meets Tajik milk bowls

24 February 2016

The Cheese Exchange, a UN Women initiative, brought entrepreneurial Tajik and Swiss women cheese makers together to share skills and develop new dairy products for Tajikistan. More

Senegalese rural women strive for the sustainable use of sea resources

21 September 2015

UN Women and WFP introduce modern processing technologies to support women in Kafountine committed to repurposing and adding value to fresh fish that would otherwise go to waste. More

Women vendors improve markets in Papua New Guinea

14 April 2015

A new video about work to make markets safe for vendors in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (80 per cent of whom are women) showcases new infrastructure and better lighting to prevent violence, as well as a mobile bill-pay system to prevent extortion and abuse, among other improvements. More

Black Friday destroys village livelihoods in Vanuatu

02 April 2015

In the wake of devastating Tropical Cyclone Pam, UN Women is working with market vendors, governments and donors to help affected market women restore their livelihoods and build resilience against future shocks. More

Teamwork fosters business growth and women’s economic empowerment in Albania

14 October 2014

With the support of UN Women, an economic empowerment project in Albania is helping rural women cultivate their business skills and increase their income by forming cooperatives. More

Markets set to improve with Pacific women in the lead

29 August 2014

UN Women is working with women market vendors in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to improve their working conditions, earning power and leadership skills. More

Markets for Change to seek safety and better earnings for women in the Pacific

06 May 2014

Vendors and management at marketplaces across Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are set to benefit from a new project that will inject almost USD 11 million into ensuring they provide safe, inclusive and non-discriminatory working environments. More

Making markets safe for women vendors in Papua New Guinea

11 April 2014

UN Women’s Port Moresby Safe City Programme will work with local authorities to make its busiest market safe for women vendors with new funding from the Government of New Zealand. More

Saturday night in Viet Nam, migrant women market workers take the floor

01 April 2014

During a three-day visit to Viet Nam, UN Women’s Executive Director visited the Long Bien night market to spotlight the daily challenges faced by migrant women workers. More

Remarks by Executive Director at a side event on How the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund of Liberia is Spearheading the Market Women’s Movement across Africa

12 March 2014

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at a side event on How the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund of Liberia is Spearheading the Market Women’s Movement across Africa, New York, 12 March 2014 More

Global Knowledge platform launched to galvanize women’s economic empowerment

23 September 2013

Launched today by UN Women and the Government of Canada, this open online platform seeks to re-vitalize women’s economic empowerment by building connections, and bringing together people who need resources with those that have them. More

Press release: Women corporate leaders urge businesses to act on climate change

19 September 2013

Speaking at a special event organized in conjunction with the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit on 19 September, a group of influential women corporate leaders highlighted women as agents of change and the value of investing in women’s empowerment – from the factory floor to the boardroom – in order to maximize impact on key sustainability issues. More

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